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China's capital controls apply brakes on 'go out' drive

Outbound investment plunges in the first half of the year

Beijing is more closely scrutinizing overseas investments by companies like Dalian Wanda Group.

BEIJING -- China's capital controls are taking a visible toll on its companies' investment activity abroad and discouraging foreign multinationals from pumping money into the world's second-largest economy.

China's outbound direct investment plunged 46% on the year to $48.1 billion in the six months through June, trailing foreign direct investment of $65.6 billion.

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